The Lady from Shanghai

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Plot – It’s summer and one evening in Central Park, Michael saves Elsa from an aggression. He’s a sailor and he’s hired on her husband yacht, who’s a famous lawyer. Michael immediately feels a strange atmosphere onboard and during the trip he falls in love with Elsa. Together they plan to flee, but they need some money and Grisby, a partner of the lawyer, offers Michael a shady deal: Michael has to sign the confession he has accidentally killed Grisby to let him disappear. Grisby is found dead indeed with the sailor’s hat in the hands and for Michael is the beginning of a nightmare.

Movie Info

Title The Lady from Shanghai

Year 1947

Director Orson Welles

GenreDrama,Crime,Film-Noir,Thriller,Mystery

Top 12 Quotes of “The Lady from Shanghai” Movie

“- Michael O’Hara: Why don’t you do it yourself?
– George Grisby: Commit suicide? Me? Don’t be silly. Suicide is against the law. We’re not going to break the law. This is going to be murder and it’s going to be legal.”

Orson Welles – Michael O’Hara
Glenn Anders – George Grisby

“There’s no such a thing as homicide, unless they find corpse. It just isn’t murder if they don’t find a body. According to the law, I’m dead, if, you say you murdered me. But, you’re not a murderer, unless I’m dead. Silly, isn’t it?”
Glenn Anders – George Grisby

“Everything is bad, Michael. Everything. You can’t escape it or fight it. You’ve got to get along with it! Deal with it. Make terms.”
Rita Hayworth – Elsa Bannister

“- Mrs. Elsa ‘Rosalie’ Bannister: I was taught to think about love in Chinese.
– Michael O’Hara: The way a Frenchman thinks about laughter in French?
– Mrs. Elsa ‘Rosalie’ Bannister: The Chinese say, it is difficult for love to last long; therefore, one who loves passionately is cured of love – in the end.
– Michael O’Hara: Well, that’s a hard…”
Rita Hayworth – Elsa Bannister
Orson Welles – Michael O’Hara

“Human nature is eternal; therefore, one who follows his nature, keeps his original nature – in the end.”
Rita Hayworth – Elsa Bannister

“New York is not as big a city as it pretends to be.”
Orson Welles – Michael O’Hara

“- George Grisby: Beautiful, isn’t it.
– Michael O’Hara: The beach, you mean, or the tourists?
– George Grisby: Everything!
– Michael O’Hara: There’s a fair face to the land; but, you can’t hide the hunger and guilt. It’s a bright, guilty world.”
Glenn Anders – George Grisby
Orson Welles – Michael O’Hara

“The only way to stay out of trouble is to grow old, so I guess I’ll concentrate on that.”
Orson Welles – Michael O’Hara

“Everybody is somebody’s fool.”
Orson Welles – Michael O’Hara

“Personally, I don’t like a girlfriend to have a husband. If she’ll fool a husband, I figure, she’ll fool me.”
Orson Welles – Michael O’Hara

“- George Grisby: What’s your guess, Michael? You think the world’s coming to an end?
– Michael O’Hara: Well, there was a start to the world sometime; so, I guess there’ll be a stop.
– George Grisby: It’s coming, you know. Oh, yeah. It’s got to come. First the big cities. Then, maybe even this. It’s just got to come.
– Michael O’Hara: I’d prefer…”
Glenn Anders – George Grisby
Orson Welles – Michael O’Hara

“Maybe I’ll live so long that I’ll forget her. Maybe I’ll die trying.”
Orson Welles – Michael O’Hara